Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sony Six now on Peo TV

Peo TV have finally managed to add Sony Six into its lineup and it is now available on Channel 37 for Rs 127/= with Time Shift TV functions. The channel is available free of charge for Titanium package subscribers.

We are getting reports of a channel being tested on Channel No. 295 and according to unconfirmed reports it is said to be "HBO On Demand".

Friday, June 20, 2014

Peo TV decommissioning existing IPTV platform

We have received credible reports that SLT owned Peo TV is decommissioning its existing IPTV platform that presently uses UTStarcom's IPTV solutions. This comes as UTStarcom is taking steps to halt sales of IPTV solutions due to the unsuccessful nature of it's IPTV business.

According to the information obtained SLT have already set up an alternative solution operated using IPTV solutions provided by Netgem and the system has been operational since 1st May 2014. According to unnamed SLT sources it seems that any new subscribers will be connected to the new IPTV system and all existing subscribers will be shifted to the new system by 3rd Quarter of 2015. The solution comes with a brand new STB which is expected to have the following features.

  • The new Netgem STB comes with 1 HDMI port with support for 1080p/1080i Full HD.
  • Smoother and faster EPG load speeds.
  • Fast Channel change during channel surfing.
  • Vertical Interactive TV Guide with more TV schedule data.
  • Mini TV channel list with forward and backward EPG.
  • Integrated Live TV and Time Shift TV channel list.
  • Integration of Live TV list with VOD/SVOD services.
  • PVR facility (if SLT activates internal HDD)
  • Home Media Center/Media Sharing using USB 2.0 port (if SLT decided to activate the facility)
  • Internet TV Apps - Facebook, YouTube (if SLT activates these features)
  • 7 day catch up TV since the new STB can display both IPTV & OTT content on single interface.
It's likely that SLT hasn't added any new channels so far this year and would likely not do so until all subscribers are migrated to the new Netgem platform. If new channels are added then they would probably be available only for new subscribers who are on the Netgem platform. Hopefully Peo TV accelerates the process of switching over all existing subscribers since they should be launching some new content including HDTV services soon.

Monday, May 5, 2014

PEO TV testing HD channels

After the upgrade carried out on their telecom services it has come to light that PEO TV is now trialing the following HD channels for selected areas from the 1st week of April.
1. Animal Planet HD (Ch.No 130)
2. TLC HD (Ch.No 131)
3. LUXE TV HD (Ch.No 132)
4. Fashion TV HD (Ch.No 133)

Additional a VOD service carrying HD trailers of movies is also available in those areas.

The above HD channels are upscaled versions of existing SD channels of the same name, available on PEO TV. The channels are now said to on trial on areas which FTTH & FTTB service are available.

Monday, April 7, 2014

PEO TV to launch HD service via SLT FTTH/FTTB service

The launch of SLT's FTTH (Fiber-To-The-Home) / FTTB (Fiber-To-The-Building) service today will enable PEO TV to carry HD services.

The service will be available to areas where FTTH & FTTB will be made available, probably starting in major cities and gradually moving to the suburbs.

This is indeed great news for subscribers who are awaiting eagerly the launch of PEO TV HD. The date of launch for the service isn't confirmed as yet however with the launch of FTTH/FTTB it's likely that the service will be launched soon, initially with limited coverage.

Source: LBO - Sri Lanka Telecom launches extra fast broadband via FTTH

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

We take this opportunity to wish our fellow bloggers, the Management & staff of SLT PEO TV

"A Very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2014"

Thank You for your wonderful support during the past year and we look forward to a greater partnership this year.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 a year in review

After a few quiet years, the year 2013 has proved to be active year for PEO TV. Beginning in January with the launch of Star Plus, Life OK & the Discovery Channel Tamil, the progress continued right throughout the year. With more international channels such as Cartoon Network, Pogo & Discovery Kids added than FTA channels, this year has seen a lot of progress from PEO TV. However still lacking are some of the most requested channels such as AXN & the launch of HD services, which subscribers will at least hope for in 2014.

Please do keep us updated on the latest on PEO TV as the days progress.

Monday, November 4, 2013

ESPN Star Sports to undergo major changes... How will PEO TV react?

Originally post by TV & Radio Sri Lanka Blog.... 

ESPN Star Sports to undergo major changes...

Subcontinent feeds of sports channels ESPN Star Sports which are now managed by Star TV in India, are to undergo major changes from 6th Nov 2013. ESPN exited the joint venture last year resulting in the subsequent rebranding of ESPN as "Fox Sports" in Asia. After months of deliberations it has been decided that ESPN will be rebranded under the Star Sports brand in the subcontinent instead of Fox Sports as the rest of Asia.

As per the rebranding exercise, India is rumored to get a dedicated Hindi Sports channel which will also concentrate mainly on Indian domestic sports.

Given below is a quick round of how the channel rebranding exercise will take place
  • Star Sports will become "Star Sports 1" - will showcase mainly premier cricket events.
  • Star Sports 2 will remain as "Star Sports 2" - will showcase mainly premier football events, dual language feed.
  • Star Cricket will become "Star Sports 3" - will showcase largely Hindi content & Indian domestic properties and will also be home to cricket involving India.
  • ESPN will become "Star Sports 4" - will showcase international sports content such as F1, Baseball, etc.

  • Star Cricket HD will become "Star Sports HD 1" - will mainly showcase HD cricket & football.
  • ESPN HD will become "Star Sports HD 2" - will showcase HD football, F1 & Indian domestic content.
The above is just a summary of what is expected, however it's quite clear that there will be changes to the above from time-to-time since this largely depends on the "live" properties that will be carried simultaneously. The exclusive "live" rights for the 2016 Summer Olympic games are with Star Sports and its clear that all 6 channels will the carry games depending on the number of events taking place simultaneously. At the moment Star Sports, ESPN, ESPN HD & Star Cricket are on local pay television platforms meaning that after the rebranding exercise it will be "Star Sports 1", "Star Sports 4", "Star Sports HD 2" & "Star Sports 3" that will be the channels available on local platforms. 

Star Sports 3 is rumored to be mainly Hindi, so the most obvious choice for local operators will be to swap "Star Sports 3" with "Star Sports 2", however in the long run it would mean that content on Star Sports 3 will be missed by locals since it will be mainly Hindi but not 24 hours Hindi and depending on how many "live" properties are simultaneously being carried "live", it highly likely that English content will be available on Star Sports 3 too.

So the best option would be for local operators to carry all 4 SD Star Channels & HD enabled operators to carry all 6 ensuring that locals enjoy the best of sports from Star Sports.